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the concrete awards

The International Concrete Awards are almost upon us and once again Osaka is in with a shout for the coveted prize of Most Concreted City.

Just days before judges from the awards came to inspect the city last week, local government officials were alerted to a sizeable area of grass close to the Yodo River that was ripe for concreting.

They quickly realised that getting this area covered over in time for the judges' visit would almost guarantee first prize. Within hours, diggers moved in and began ripping up the grass bank.

Progress has been good, with 90% of the grassy area now covered with top quality self-compacting concrete. Osaka is facing stiff competition from Kabul.

The grassy area which threatened to jeapardise the city's chances of bagging the concrete award....

....now looking distinctly less grassy....

A digger digs....

For friends of concrete:
The Concrete Society
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On Sunday, 16 December, 2007, Anonymous ThePenguin said:

Japan should put its energies towards reviving the global Pave the Earth initiative, which has sadly been largely stopped by so-called "environmentalists" and their chlorophyll-loving lackies.

On Sunday, 16 December, 2007, Anonymous Michaels said:

Still, grass, over-rated I reckon. First you have to mow it, second it becomes the perfect hiding place for doggie doo-doos. Or worse, doggie doo-doos THEN you mow it.  

On Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, Blogger tornados28 said:

Another example of the powerful construction industry in Japan at work on unnecesary projects.  

On Wednesday, 19 December, 2007, Blogger Invader Stu said:

What happens if they don't win?  

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